April 8, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to the Carmel Country Club to play in the 17th Atlantic Coast Conference Championship April 15-17, 2005. It marks the 13th consecutive season the Seminoles have played in the event with its best finishes (second place) coming in 1992 and 1995. Tiffany Faucette (1995) and Mary Lee Cobick (1992) have earned the Seminoles’ top individual finishes of second place in the event.
THE 17TH ACC CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
Florida State is joined by No. 1 ranked Duke, No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 36 Virginia, No. 40 NC State, No. 42 Miami, North Carolina and Maryland in the 17th annual ACC Championship. The event will be played at the Par 72, 6,318 yard course at the Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. It marks the first time the event is being held at the Carmel Country Club and the first time the event is being contested in Charlotte. Florida State earned its best ACC finish of second place in 1992 (at the Bermuda Run Country Club in Advance, N.C.) and in 1995 (at the Kilearn Country Club in Tallahassee). Duke is the nine-time defending champion in the event – the Blue Devils have won the event each season since 1996. Brittany Lang of Duke is the defending individual champion.
FLORIDA STATE’S ACC CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP
Florida State will play with the same lineup that helped the Seminoles earn their best finish of the year (tied for second at the Ryder/Florida Championship). The Iron Four – freshman Whitney Brummett (Eureka, Mo.), sophomore Jaclyn Burch (Wildwood, Mo.), junior Caroline Larsson (Danderyd, Sweden) and freshman Whitney Wright (Rockingham, N.C.) who have played in all eight tournaments this year — will be joined by senior Tyler Johnson (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) in representing Florida State University at the ACC Championship. Larsson will play in her third career ACC Championship (tied for 21st place in 2003 and 16th in 2004), Burch in her second (tied for 28th in 2004) and Johnson in her second (35th in 2004) while Brummett and Wright are playing in their first career conference championship tournament.
FLORIDA STATE PLAYS WELL IN 2004 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State University senior Katie Quinney finished in a tie for fifth place to lead the Seminoles to a fifth place finish at the 16th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Tournament at Salem Glen County Club in 2004. Quinney closed the tournament with a two-over par 74 to finish with a 213 total – she came within two strokes of tying her career-best tournament score (211) – and earned her third consecutive top-five individual finish.
SEMINOLES POST BEST FINISH OF YEAR AT RYDER/FLORIDA CHAMPIONSHIP
Florida State had three players finish in the top 10 of the individual standings, including freshman Whitney Brummett who finished in a tie for third place, and the Seminoles finished in a tie for second place at the Ryder/Florida Collegiate Championship at Don Shula’s Golf Resort in their final event of the regular season. The finish was the Seminoles’ best team finish of the 2004-05 fall and spring seasons. Florida State made up three strokes on Miami during the final round but lost the team championship to the Hurricanes by a single stroke. Miami won the event with a three round score of 912 while the Seminoles and South Florida finished in a tie for second with identical team scores of 913.
SEMINOLE WOMEN’S GOLF STATISTICS (SPRING 2005)
Name Tourn. Rounds Par -75 Low Strokes Avg.
Jaclyn Burch 4 12 0 0 76 938 78.17
Whitney Brummett 4 12 1 2 72 947 78.92
Caroline Larsson 4 12 0 2 73 952 79.33
Whitney Wright 4 12 0 2 74 965 80.42
Michelle Steakin 2 6 0 0 83 528 88.00
Kristina Prestipino 1 3 0 0 84 255 85.00
Tyler Johnson 1 3 0 0 83 259 86.33
Kristin Sordel 1 3 0 0 84 271 90.33
FLORIDA STATE’S SPRING SEASON
Florida State has earned two top-10 finishes, including a second place finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship this spring. The Seminoles also earned a seventh place finish at the Lady Gamecock Classic in March. The team enters the 17th Annual ACC Championship playing their best golf after finishing in a tie for second place in the Ryder/Florida Championship. The Seminoles finished only three strokes behind Miami and finished with their top team score (913) and best single round score of the spring (299 in the first round) in earning their fifth top-10 finish of the season. Freshman Whitney Brummett carded the top individual round of the season as she finished with an even par 72 in round one of the tournament.
BURCH ENJOYING BEST YEAR OF CAREER
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch, who will play in her second career ACC Championship this week, is enjoying the best year of her two-year Seminole career with a season-long average of 76.75 in eight tournaments during the fall and spring seasons. She has taken nearly two strokes off her average from last season in the 24 rounds she has played this season.
Burch Displaying Improvement
Year Events Rounds Strokes Stroke Avg.
2003-04 11 32 2,513 78.53
2004-05 8 24 1,842 76.75
Totals 19 56 4,355 77.77
BRUMMETT EARNS TOP INDIVIDUAL FINISH OF YEAR
Freshman Whitney Brummett earned the Seminoles top individual finish of the year as she finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings in leading the Seminoles to a second place team finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship. It marked the third top 10 individual finish and 10th top 20 finish of the season for a Seminole individual this season. Sophomore Jaclyn Burch leads Florida State with five top 20 finishes including a tied for 13th place finish at the Lady Paladin Invitational. A trio of players – Brummett (tied for third at the Ryder/Florida and tied for 10th at the Lady Paladin), Whitney Wright (tied for fifth at the Ryder/Florida) and Caroline Larsson (seventh at the Ryder/Florida) — has earned top-10 individual finishes this year.
Seminoles’ Top 20 Finishes
Player Event Finish
Whitney Brummett Ryder/Florida T3rd
Whitney Wright Ryder/Florida T5th
Caroline Larsson Ryder/Florida 7th
Whitney Brummett Lady Paladin T10th
Jaclyn Burch Lady Paladin T13th
Jaclyn Burch Lady Gamecock T14th
Jaclyn Burch ACC/SEC Challenge T15th
Jaclyn Burch Ryder/Florida T18th
Whitney Brummett Tar Heel Invitational T19th
Jaclyn Burch Tar Heel Invitational T19th
BRUMMETT ON THE SEMINOLES’ LEADER BOARD
Freshman Whitney Brummett has finished as the Seminoles’ leader in four of the teams’ eight events this year. She finished as the Seminoles leader at the Tar Heel Invitational and Lady Paladin Invitational during the fall season and has led the team at the Lady Gator and Ryder/Florida Championship this spring.
BURCH ON THE SEMINOLES’ LEADER BOARD
Sophomore Jaclyn Burch, who leads the Seminoles with a career-low 76.75 average during the fall 2004 and spring 2005, is tied with freshman Whitney Brummett for the team lead in finishing as the Seminoles’ leader in a tournament this year. Burch led the Seminoles at the Cougar Classic and ACC/SEC Challenge during the fall season and at the Lady Gamecock and Liz Murphey Invitationals during the spring season.
LARSSON HAS NEVER MISSED A TOURNAMENT
Junior Caroline Larsson has played in 30 consecutive events and has never missed playing in an event for the Seminoles during her career. She has played in two NCAA Championships, two NCAA Regionals and two ACC Championships.
LARSSON PLAYING WELL AS POSTSEASON BEGINS
Junior Caroline Larsson enters this week’s ACC Championship playing the best golf of her junior season. She is averaging 77.27 strokes per round in the last two tournaments (six rounds) after averaging 81.50 strokes per round in the first two events (six rounds) of the spring season. Larsson has finished within the top 50 of the individual standings in the last two events (including a seventh place finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship) after finishing outside of the top 50 in the first two events of the spring. Larsson earned her best single-round score (73 in the second round) and best tournament score of the season (228) at the Ryder/Florida Championship. Her finish at the Ryder was the third top 10 individual finish of her career.
Breaking Down Larsson During The Spring
Events Strokes Rounds Avg.
First 2 489 6 81.50
Last 2 463 6 77.27
Improv. -26 — -4.23
WRIGHT ENJOYS BEST OUTING AT RIGHT TIME
Freshman Whitney Wright played the best golf of her Seminole career as she finished in a tie for fifth place with a 226 total at the Ryder/Florida Championship. She established career bests for finish (tied for fifth), tournament score (223) and 36-hole score (152) in helping the Seminoles to their best finish of the season. Wright shot nearly seven strokes per rounds better than her overall spring scoring average at the Ryder/Florida Championship and earned her first career top five individual finish.
Wright Surges At Ryder Florida
Events Strokes Avg. Best Round Top Finish
First 3 739 82.11 77 44th
Last 1 226 75.33 74 T5th
Improv. -6.78 +3 +41
WRIGHT PLAYS IN HOME STATE AGAIN
Freshman Whitney Wright will play in her first career ACC Championship April 15-17. It will mark her third return to her home state of North Carolina to play in an event during her freshman season. Wright has earned a pair of top 40 finishes with a tied for 38th placing at the Lady Paladin Invitational coming in as her best finish while playing in her home state. Her overall score (225) and score vs. par (+9) at the Lady Paladin is her best performance of her freshman season.
Wright In North Carolina
Event Score vs. Par Finish
Tar Heel Invite (F 04) 247 +31 T40
Lady Paladin Invite (F 04) 225 +9 T38
JOHNSON EARNS HER WAY BACK INTO THE LINEUP
Senior Tyler Johnson will compete as the only senior in the Seminoles’ lineup at the 17th annual ACC Championship. She has played in two events as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup this season and has helped the team to a pair of top-10 finishes. Johnson helped the Seminoles to an eighth place finish at the Florida State hosted ACC/SEC Challenge during the fall and to a second place finish at the Ryder/Florida Championship during the spring. Johnson has played in five events as a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup during her career including the 2004 ACC Championship. Johnson carded her career-best round of 75 as she played as an individual during the fall 2003 ACC/SEC Challenge.